Date: 5th January 2010
Issued By: Martyn Summerell / Roger Williams
Current Weather Conditions:
East: Level fall of 5cm to 10cm across the area.
West: Level fall of 3cm to 4cm across the area.
Central: Level fall of 5cm to 10cm on high ground
Today’s forecast: Showery outbreaks of sleet and snow will continue to spread eastwards across the county this afternoon, giving a covering of 2cm to 5cm of snow in places. The sleet and snow is expected to ease for a time late afternoon. Further snow is expected through the evening and overnight tonight with the potential for some heavy snow between around 2100 and 0900 in the morning, up to 10cm to 15cm on high ground. Snow becoming lighter tomorrow.
East: Treatment of key routes (main roads) continuing. Fitting ploughs. Driver crew change planned for 1900hrs.
West: Treatment of key routes (main roads) continuing. Fitting ploughs. Driver crew change planned for 1900hrs.
Central: Key routes (main roads) being completed at present. Delays due to level of traffic on network. New shift of drivers into depot at 19:00
Proposed actions during the day:
East: Spot salting and ploughing of key routes (main roads) to aid traffic movement
West: Spot salting and ploughing of key routes (main roads) to aid traffic movement
Central: Key routes underway at 14:00 but completion delayed due to traffic levels.
East: Majority of main roads passable with extreme care, side roads with a covering of snow, however A436 from Andoversford to the A429 near Bourton on Water. Should be avoided, due to difficult driving conditions and abandoned vehicles.
A40 Cheltenham to Oxford, very heavy traffic, slow moving due to adverse weather conditions.
A429 Cirencester North, passable and now reasonably clear but some abandoned vehicles slowing traffic.
West: B4432 Symonds Yat – closed All other routes passable with extreme care.
Central: Traffic throughout main routes of Gloucester clear and moving well. Cheltenham some continued congestion.
M5 Junction 13 into Stroud and routes around Stroud remain very heavy.
A419 Cowcombe Hill in the process of being re-opened, police closure signs being removed.
Hill routes to Horsley, Selsley, Minchinhampton, Brimscombe Hill passable with extreme care, Toadsmoor Hill passable with extreme care (media is indicating closed).
Upton Hill B4073 closed.
Routes off main road network very difficult and will be impassable on any steep slopes.